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Mathematics Faculty

Mathematics Faculty

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The Mathematics Department includes faculty members whose degrees and experience extend beyond mathematics and mathematics education to disciplines that include physics, computer science, logistics, economics, business management, applied statistics, accounting, actuarial science, instructional technology, educational administration, political science, communication, and English. A very dynamic and versatile group, the faculty has a median of 20 years teaching or other related full-time work and all belong to at least one professional organization such as the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC), the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), the American Mathematical Society (AMS), the American Statistical Association (ASA), and the National Association for Developmental Education (NADE).

Sandy Carlson
Assistant Professor, Mathematics

  • Education
    • M.Ed. in Mathematics Education, Penn State University
    • B.S. in Mathematics, Westminster College (PA)
  • Professional Experience
    • 35 years of combined college teaching experience at Penn State University (University Park Campus), University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and Penn College.

Committed to helping students succeed in their mathematics courses.

Adelle M. Dotzel
Assistant Professor, Mathematics

Barbara Di Marco
Assistant Professor, Mathematics

Barbara Fisher
  • Education
    • B.S. Mathematics, The Pennsylvania State University
    • M. M Ed. Instructional Systems with a Certificate in Statistics, The Pennsylvania State University

Thesis: "Impact of Wiki Use on Student Mathematical Reasoning"

I have been an instructor at Penn College since August 2007. Before that I was a high school mathematics teacher at Hughesville High School and Twin Valley High School.

Joanna Flynn
Assistant Professor, Mathematics

Solomon Francis
Assistant Professor, Mathematics

Worked as an Actuarial Analyst for various insurance companies as well as the Pennsylvania Insurance Department. Taught mathematics for four years in Asia for the U.S military.

Evonne Haines
Instructor, Mathematics

  • Education
    • B.S. Mathematics Education, Lock Haven University
    • M.A. Mathematics, Penn State University

I taught in the public school system as a long-term substitute teacher before I began teaching here as an adjunct instructor in 1997. I taught one semester full-time at Lock Haven University, and I have been teaching at Penn College as a full-time faculty member since Fall 2010.

LeAnn M. Henry
Assistant Professor, Mathematics

  • Education
    • B.A. Mathematics, Bloomsburg University
    • Level One Certificate, Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction, Bloomsburg University
    • M.S. Mathematics, Wilkes University

Taught mathematics for 21 years at both the secondary and college level.

Kyle D. Hunter
Instructor, Mathematics

Lisa Jacobs
Instructor, Mathematics

Bryan R. James
Assistant Professor, Mathematics

Bryan R. James
  • Education
    • BS Mathematics, BS Physics, and BS Secondary Education; Bloomsburg University
    • MS, Statistics Education; Bucknell University

I began my teaching career as a high school mathematics and physics teacher for eight years. At the same time, I taught as an adjunct for Penn College in the mathematics department. I am currently an assistant professor of mathematics at Penn College where I teach both mathematics and physics.

Thomas E. Kammerling
Assistant Professor, Mathematics

  • Education
    • B.A. in Psychology, University of Illinois
    • M.B.S. and M.S. in Mathematics/Statistics, University of Colorado

I came to Penn College in 2009 after 30 years of teaching secondary mathematics in Colorado. In addition to teaching here, I am studying mathematics education at Penn State University. My area of research is developmental college mathematics. My favorite saying is "It is OK to not know something. Whatever the topic, nobody knew it before they learned it. We are all in the process of learning."

Laurie Kiss
Instructor, Mathematics

I joined the faculty at Penn College in 2009, after more than 20 years in education. I began teaching at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, and left there to teach high school in Kenya for two years. Following that I taught in the public schools of Wichita, Kansas, before this return to college. I describe Penn College students to others as "students with clear goals and plans," and it is my privilege to help students along their way.

Benjamin Koch
Instructor, Mathematics

  • Education
    • B.S.E. Mathematics, Millersville University
    • M.S. Education Bucknell University
    • M.S. Mathematics, California State University, Long Beach

Taught mathematics in both private and public school settings.

Diana L. Kuhns
Assistant Professor, Mathematics

For more than a decade I worked in Developmental Studies, initially developing and then coordinating the College's Tutoring Center, as well as tutoring students in both English and mathematics. For a year I served as the Acting Director of Developmental Studies. The next decade plus found me serving in an administrative capacity within the School of Integrated Studies. And for the past eleven years I have taught mathematics, primarily developmental algebra, technical algebra and trigonometry, and liberal arts mathematics.

Dr. William Ma
Professor, Mathematics

Dr. William Ma

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"I am a mathematician with research interests in complex analysis, particularly modern geometric function theory. I received my Ph. D in Mathematics from University of Cincinnati in 1993 under the direction of Taft professor Carl David Minda. So far, I have published forty-nine research papers and given twenty-three presentations at national and international conferences. I have more than 22 years of teaching experience. I started at Pennsylvania College of Technology in 1993. Usually, I teach differential equations, calculus, and elementary statistics with computer applications."

Dr. Robert I. Mitchell
Associate Professor, Mathematics

Dr. Robert I. Mitchell
  • Education
    • BA Mathematics, State University of New York College at Brockport
    • MS, Acquisition Logistics Management, Air Force Institute of Technology
    • PhD, Mathematics Education, State University of New York at Buffalo

I have 22 plus years in the United States Air Force and have taught at Penn College since Fall 1996. I am an AP Calculus Exam reader since 2009 and am a Delegation Leader with People to People Student Ambassador Program.

Edwin G. Owens
Assistant Dean of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications-Liberal Arts and Sciences, Assistant Professor of Mathematics

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Lauren A. Rhodes
Assistant Professor, Mathematics

I have been teaching mathematics in some capacity for 26+ years. I have had a passion for mathematics from my youth which complements my love for art, music, nature and language. In the classroom, I incorporate my life experiences, applications from business and industry, and my background in instructional technology.

Tiffany Schwanger
Instructor, Mathematics

  • Education
    • B.S. Mathematics, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
    • M.A. Mathematics, Pennsylvania State University

I have been teaching at Penn College for three years, prior to that I taught at Penn State, Lehigh Carbon Community College, Penn State-Lehigh Valley, and Rochester Institute of Technology.

Curt E. Vander Vere
Assistant Professor, Mathematics

Curt E. Vander Vere

Dr. Donald C. York
Assistant Professor, Mathematics

  • Education
    • Ph. D. in Mathematics, State University of New York at Stony Brook
    • M.A. in Mathematics, State University of New York at Stony Brook
    • B.S. in Mathematics, University of Delaware

Has taught for 5 years at Pennsylvania College of Technology. Prior to that appointment has taught at the University of the Virgin Islands, United Arab Emirates University, Prince Sultan Private College (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia) & University of Papua New Guinea.

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